Research Stream

Jacqueline Clarke

Jacqueline Clarke is an Associate Investigator (2017) with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions and a senior lecturer in the Department of Classics, Archaeology and Ancient History at The University of Adelaide. Her dissertation on the emotional impact and metaphorical use of colour in the Roman poets was subsequently published as a book. She has since published articles on the memorialisation of grief in Catullus, on the reception of Classical poetic motifs in early Christian poetry, on the emotional overtones and metaphorical use of landscape in poetry and on the use of Classical mythological archetypes in film.

Jacqueline Clarke also offers a course titled ‘Emotions in Antiquity’ in the Department of Classics which explores how various ‘passions’ or extreme emotional states (anger, love, grief, ecstasy, etc.) were expressed and explored in the poetry and prose of the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds. In addition, she is currently working on a research project with Professor Han Baltussen (Adelaide) and Dr Daniel King (Exeter) on the conception and representation of pain in the literature of the ancient world.



Family Passions: Correr’s Early-Humanist Reception of Seneca and Ovid

Relevant Publications


Imagery of Colour and Shining in Catullus, Propertius and Horace. New York: Peter Lang, 2003.

Book Chapter

‘Technological Innovation and Poetical Exegesis: The Glass Lamp in Prudentius Cathemerinon 5’. In Poetry and Exegesis in Premodern Latin Christianity: The Encounter between Classical and Christian Strategies of Interpretation, edited by W. Otten and K. Pollman, pp. 99‒114. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2007.


Rape, Revenge and Resurrection in Correr's Progne’. The International Journal of the Classical Tradition (online May 2018).

‘Colours in Conflict: Catullus’ Use of Colour Imagery. Carmen 63’. Classical Quarterly 51.1 (2001): 163‒77.

‘Colour Sequences in Catullus’ Long Poems’. Colour in the Ancient Mediterranean World: British Archaeological Reports International Series 1267 (2004): 122‒25.

‘“Goodbye to All That”: Propertius’ magnum iter between Elegies 3.16 and 3.21’. Mouseion 3.4 (2004): 127‒43.

‘Bridal Songs: Catullan Epithalamia and Prudentius Peristephanon 3’. Antichthon 40 (2006): 89‒103.

‘Mourning and Memory in Catullus 65’. Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XIV 315 (2008): 131‒43. 

‘Landscapes of the Body in Prudentius Cathemerinon VII’. Vigiliae Christianae 66.4 (2012): 379‒97. 

‘“Engendering Landscape”: Propertius’ Use of Place in 1.21 and 22’. Phoenix 66.3‒4 (2013): 364‒80.

‘The Struggle for Control of the Landscape in Book 1 of Rutilius Namatianus’. Arethusa 47 (2014): 89‒107.

‘Gender Roles, Time and Initiation in Pan’s Labyrinth and the Homeric Hymn to Demeter’. New Voices in Classical Reception Studies 10 (2015): 42‒55.

Selected Presentations

Plenary Paper: 'Pain and the Making of Martyrs: Prudentius and Ovid, a Comparative Analysis', conference 'Pain in the Ancient World: Philosophy, Medicine and Martyrdom', University of Exeter, 4‒6 April 2018.

Seminar Paper: ‘Rape, Revenge and Resurrection in Correr’s Progne’, Work in Progress Seminar Series, ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, The University of Adelaide, 13 October 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Rape, Revenge and Resurrection in Correr’s Progne’,’ Rape in Antiquity 20 Years On’ Conference, University of Roehampton, London, UK, 22–23 June 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Rape, Revenge and Resurrection in Correr’s Progne’,  Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar, San Diego State University, San Diego, USA, 10–14 July 2017.